Baltimore nursing home says it's fixing problems in report

Despite corrections, state official says facility not `in full compliance'

April 01, 2001|By Walter F. Roche Jr. | Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF

A South Baltimore nursing home says it has taken steps to correct problems that state health inspectors said placed patients in immediate jeopardy.

Three patients at Harbour Inn Convalescent Center at 1213 Light St. were transferred to other facilities and a fourth was discharged to address concerns listed in a critical inspection by the state Office of Health Care Quality, said Mary Gadd, the facility's director of nursing.

Gadd said Friday the actions eliminated "immediate jeopardy" problems the state included in its March 19 report.

She said new training and screening programs were being initiated to respond to other problems listed in the state report.

The nursing home, which has 153 residents, receives patients from the Baltimore region. It is owned by Sarkis K. Nazarian, 61, a mortgage banker and developer from Potomac.

The state has urged federal officials to impose fines from $3,050 to $10,000 per day because of the violations found by state inspectors last month.

Violations included a patient who was confined to his bed in a closed room for prolonged periods without a doctor's order; an unattended cart full of medication that was within easy reach of a patient; and a patient requiring constant supervision who was found with unexplained cuts that required stitches.

Carol Benner, director of the Office of Health Care Quality, said that although immediate threats to patients at Harbour Inn appear to have been resolved, the nursing home is "not back in full compliance by any means."

She said agency inspectors will return to the facility to determine whether the home has met the full plan of correction that was filed with the state.

Gadd, Harbour Inn's nursing supervisor, said security equipment was installed to ensure that patients in need of supervision remain within areas where they can be monitored.

Benner said the state's home monitoring staff had increased from 35 to 75 because of additional funding approved last year.

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